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30 Minute Organization-Ribbon Scrap Cards


Are you frugal?  Do you have a hard time throwing away things you might use later?  I sure do!  I guess you could say I am a borderline pack-rat.  Definitely not a hoarder, but I do like to be thrifty and frugal and I don’t like to waste things.

One thing I have a hard time throwing out is ribbons.  If I get a gift with a cute ribbon, I keep the ribbon.  If someone brings me a bag of treats tied with a cute ribbon I usually keep the ribbon if I think I could reuse it.  Or If I use a ribbon for a party for something I will keep it if it can be reused.  For example, the ribbons I put around the wheat grass centerpieces when I threw THIS shower were in perfect condition so I held onto them.

So, in my new craft space I have a large buffet and hutch.  One of the drawers had silverware dividers in it that just happened to perfectly hold spools of ribbon.  I got all my ribbon in the drawer but didn’t know what to do with all my pieces of ribbon that weren’t on spools.  So, here is what I decided to do:


I had this metal container and I had a bunch of these cute notecards that I got from the dollar bins at Michael’s.  I cut each notecard in half, which made them the perfect size to fit in my container.


I simply wrapped the ribbon around the cards and secured them with a straight pin.  I put 1 or 2 or 3 or more ribbons on a card depending on how wide they were.  Then I stuck them in my container.  I also stuck a magnet to the back of the container so I can stick the pins on it when I take off a ribbon.  I love the way it looks and I love how I can see all the ribbons I have and they aren’t all tangled up in a drawer.


What do you have a hard time throwing away?


  1. I always save ribbons too - I have a basket full of them in my wrapping closet. ALthough it is functional it is not as cute as yours. I have a hard time throwing anything away - Ryan on the other hand loves throwingthings away - it makes him happy.

  2. These pictures make me happy! I love when my crafting spot is organized... I am always more creative then. Just like when my kids' toys are picked up and organized then they will play with them so much better.

    I can never throw away tiny bits of left over fabric. I've started sewing a few onto a long strip of thread to wrap around gifts.

  3. I have all my ribbon scraps in a gallon Ziploc. I love this idea!!

  4. This is awesome!! I thought I was the only one who saved every little scrap AND ribbons off of packages!!

  5. What a great idea and it looks so pretty. I'm hosting We're Organzied Wednesday through this Saturday and would love for you to link this to the party. If you have any other organizing posts you can link those too. THere's also a really awesome giveaway.

  6. brilliant idea! :) and i love those notecards. so pretty!

  7. Thanks for linking to We're organized Wednesday.

  8. Excellent AND the magnet idea -- Genius!! I always lose the pins!

  9. Brilliant and beautiful idea! I love it!

    I, too, save every piece of ribbon that comes my way, but have struggled to organize them. Currently, all my stray ribbons are in a clear plastic box. I'm looking forward to putting your great idea to use...

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  10. Great idea and it looks so pretty too!

  11. This looks wonderful! What a great idea! I have trouble throwing anything away!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. This is great - it looks so pretty, you'd have to use it and not just trash it! : )

  13. I love this idea. I save all my little pieces of ribbon, elastic, rick rack, and etc. They are all shoved into baggies and it is a mess. I am totally going to do this as soon as I can find the perfect container for them. Thanks for the idea.

  14. That is an absolutely fabulous idea :) Actually makes me want to clean my craft room ~ kind of =)

  15. Great idea! I will give this a try!!!

  16. Thanks for the wonderful idea. I have a huge bag full of ribbon scraps... this is a much better way to keep them.

    Love your blog and am your newest follower.

  17. Saw this at Tip Junkie...I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
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  18. Oh my gosh, definitely ribbon!! This is fabulous! Please come link up at Wow Me Wednesday!


  19. I am soooo doing this project! What a great idea. I also save ribbon, bags and bows from gifts for future use, and keeping them organized has been a challenge. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Wow! This looks amazing :) I ribbon organization is a big tub of random scraps tangled together. I could use this to help me out! I am a brand new follower. I saw your post on BCD.

  21. What a great way to organize ribbons! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :).

  22. I love this idea! We'll soon be renovating a room in our house to create some crafting space, and I'm definitely going to keep this idea in mind. Thanks so much for sharing!

  23. Makes one think, Why didn't I think of that! What a clever idea! And so fast and practical. Thanks for sharing with us!

  24. I came across your post through Tip Junkies, I suppose to comment on the 2 posts above mine...but the image of your post make me smile. Love Love Love..your new follower...a frugal mom from Penang, Malaysia

  25. I do the same thing, except I have a board about 10" wide and it holds about 10-12 different ribbons. I have them in a plastic box with a lid and I have FOUR boxes. each one is 12 x 12" square! I have a lot of ribbon!

    Your ribbons are much prettier in an embossed tin!


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